Naomi Nkealah is a senior lecturer in the Department of English Studies at the University of South Africa. She obtained her PhD on African Literature from Wits University in 2011 and has since lectured at Wits University, University of Limpopo and now Unisa. Her research specialises in feminist theory and African women’s writing, while also exploring intersections of gender and sexuality in African literature. She has published widely in: South African journals such as English in Africa, the English Academy Review and the South African Theatre Journal; international journals such as Research in African Literatures and ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature; as well as in edited books such as Style in African Literature: Essays on Literary Stylistics and Narrative Styles (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2012) and Performing Gender in Arabic/African Theater: Between Cultures, Between Gender (Amsterdam: Intercultural Theatre Series No 4, 2009). She currently holds an NRF rating in the category of Y1, positioning her as a leading emerging researcher in her field with great potential to becoming an internationally established scholar. As an academic, she presents papers at national and international conferences, supervises postgraduate students, reviews articles for journals and books for publishers, and examines theses and dissertations for various universities. She has won several awards, including the Most Resourceful Staff Member Award from the University of Limpopo (2013), the Golden Key Membership Award from the Golden Key Society (2012), and the DAAD Scholarship for Young Academics and Scientists (2009).
She was awarded the Distinguished Young Women Scientist –Humanities and Social Sciences Category at the Women in Science Awards 2016 run by the Department of Science and Technology in August 2016.